Bangkok 2012: Gasquet bowed to a..picture.

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  1. ICanBeSerious

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    Bangkok organizers forced Gasquet to bow to the portrait of the dictator/emperor..whatever.. how pathetic...
    What if ATP next goes to a country where you have to kiss the kings feet before you take the trophy...ban bangkok for life!

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    Excellent performance btw by Gas.
     
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  2. royroy85

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    Well i agree, this is sport but its difficult to draw the line when it comes to these events which are sponsored by monarchies or govt. I say when in Rome, do what the Romans do. Players do bow to royalty at Wimbledon..And well done Gasquet, Simon doesn't know how to play those loopy spins from Richie I guess
     
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  3. vive le beau jeu !

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    weird. is it because the king was supposed to attend but finally couldn't, or something like that ? :-?
    other examples of tournaments doing this in other monarchies ?
    (forcing the nadal to bow to albert would make me laugh, i have to admit it) :rolleyes:

    anyway, really cool to see how he spanked simon 62 61 to improve to 6-0 against him ! :)
    bravo richard for your 7th title !!!

    since his disappointing loss at wimbledon (R16 against mayer), he only had decent losses on the tour: baghdatis (olympics), djokovic (toronto), raonic (cincinnati) and ferrer (USO).
    and of course the bronze medal in double...
    will it trigger a good streak ? let's hope so...
     
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  4. CCNM

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    Gasquet's still around? Nice to see. Not sure what to think of the bowing to a portrait, though.
     
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    An disgrace! An scandal! A outrage! Gasquet bows to no man!
     
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  6. Mainad

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    It was a picture of the King of Thailand and I remember seeing Murray have to do the same thing when he won last year. Evidently all the champions have to do it. Just a harmless little local tradition. What's a little nod in return for a nice, big fat cheque and a big trophy to brandish around?
     
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  7. pound cat

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    No purses should be placed on the floor because the King's Head is on coinage and it would be disrespectful to the king...

    Different cultures, different customs. Good for Gasguet in following the customs of a country he is visiting.

    If a visitor to Thailand didn't want to do this they should be sure that they didn;t win any tournaments or accept any awards from this country because it's customary to bow to the King after having accepted any awards.

    So any of you posters who become pro players and win the bankok open be prepared to bow when you win the tournament.
     
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  8. merwy

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    So what? Is it disrespectful for the great Gasquet to have to bow to a measly king? It's customary, same thing happens at Wimbledon. It's not like bowing takes a lot of effort.
     
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  9. ruerooo

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    Hee. This.

    Not only could he have refused - bad protocol though it would have been; as it's been pointed out, players do bow (and curtsy) at Wimbledon - but it does amuse to see those pearl-clutching TW critiquers who are not likely to find themselves in that position.

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    It's not a big deal because Gasquet is obviously not a citizen of Thailand so a bow doesn't indicate any obligatory loyalty or service.
     
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  12. Bartelby

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    Yes, but its a little different bowing to someone who is not there.
     
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    Yes, but the bowing is different too. In Thailand, it is polite way to say hello or goodby. It's everyday custom between people.
    Thailand is constitutional monarchy, same as United Kingdom. Thai people love king, and treat him as a father. It is nice to know something about other country (culture) when you go there.

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  14. tacou

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    It'd be less pathetic if the dude was actually there.
     
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    oooops ... not exactly ...
    it's not about bowing to people as a form of greeting or acknowledgment.

    it's about the "cult of personality" that proves the drastic difference between gasquet's bow to the king/god Rama IX and the polite buddhist bow of greeting ...

    maybe it once, somewhere in history, was "same as United Kingdom," but that is not the case now. For example, the Queen of England pays taxes ... the King of Thailand does not pay taxes. Just one small difference.

    The Thai monarchy (Chakri Dynasty has ruled since 1782) has a lot more cultural power than does the House of Windsor (founded by King George V in 1917).

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    Can't you see the difference between the two bows? One is to a person. The other is to an image. One is to a monarch. The other is to a god. In fact, was there ever a UK monarch who was culturally regarded as "god," in the same way the Thai king is? Big difference, despite the fact they're both called "constitutional monarchies."

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    If the king were alive, he would no doubt bow down to Gasquet's beautiful backhand. :)
     
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    lol ... good one ... except that reports of the king's demise seem to be greatly exaggerated! :D

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    Had no idea Gasquet was so well mannered and proper. was he raised by aristocrats ?
     
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    is it true that french income tax is now 75% ???

    luv those socialist countries ! woof! :shock:

    is gasquet one of the frenchhies who has fled the country to take up residence in switzerland, monaco, etc.?
     
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    For some odd reason this makes Gasquet seem even more bad a** upon my eye's. Not only did he just humble some of the greatest players in our time to reach the finals, he humbles himself over a picture. Of a tournament that he wins?? Very classy of him. .. and please tell me you guy's seen the match when he played baby Fed (Dimitrov) and was down a set and Dimitrov was serving for the match on the second set and Gasquet dug deep inside of him and one way or another found away to win that match! that was epic on itself! to win the whole tourney. I'm so happy for him.
     
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    Its called a marginal rate and the crisis of capitalism has caused a collapse in the economies of the Western world.



     
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  22. Bartelby

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    Thailand also has rather oppressive lese majeste laws.
     
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    Well Gasquet should be used to bowing because he does it against Federer so much.
     
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    Can anyone tell me if I'm planning to traffick narcotics in Thailand is that illegal there?
     
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    Buy an aeropro as the thick shaft is there for a reason.



     
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    I heard that they have the death penalty for drug dealing?
     
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    LOL. I can't believe people are still talking about this.

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    Didn't Tsonga play in Thailand or somewhere here last year. Saw him bowing to the crowd, all four directions if i remember, after a match.
     
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    You are kidding right or you may wanna re check your history books... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_right_of_kings

    Giving the hand to a president, bowing to a king, is just a way of being polite in a tournament and to the people of the country. If you don't like the politics or ideocracy of a country maybe you shouldn't play in it. Bet if he didn't do it he wouldn't let him play next year. He didn't complain, the world keeps turning even if someone bows to a picture or not, guess he doesn't care about it.
     
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    right... because capialism and it's Lehman's and Goldman Sachs, and it's "health is not a right" is so much better...

    and lol at socialist when talkin about France!!! but then again Obama must be a pink arse commie right!!!!
     
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